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Thousands protest against racism and state brutality globally

U.S. protesters rallying against the killing of George Floyd and countless other black Americans are being heard around the world as demonstrators launched their own protests in the countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Iran and New Zealand.

U.K.

Demonstrators carry placards as they march in the road near the U.S. Embassy in central London on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd.
Hundreds demonstrated in Trafalgar Square in central London on Sunday, and many kneeled, to protest the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis.

Thousands demonstrated on Sunday in London, according to the BBC, to protest Floyd’s death and police brutality.

The protest was concentrated in central London, with hundreds taking a knee in Trafalgar Square for nine minutes, signifying the amount of time the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground.

Demonstrators block the road as they gather outside the U.S. Embassy in London on Sunday.

They marched along the Thames and to the U. S. embassy, chanting “Black lives matter” and carrying signs with slogans such as “Racism is a global issue,” “Your silence is deafening” and “How many more?”

According to the Metropolitan police, 23 protesters were arrested on Sunday in central London.

Germany

In Berlin, protesters gathered Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy, demonstrating for a second day.

Hundreds of German demonstrators marched in solidarity with American protesters Saturday and Sunday, chanting “Stop killing us,” “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace.”

On a former section of the Berlin Wall, in Mauerpark, a memorial popped up over the weekend depicting Floyd and “I can’t breathe,” some of his last words.

George Floyd and his last words depicted in a mural by graffiti artist EME Freethinker on a section of the former Berlin Wall.

Beyond protests that gathered thousands at the capital over the weekend, four soccer players in Germany’s Bundesliga league addressed Floyd’s killing during games. One player took a knee on the field. Another exposed a shirt underneath a jersey that read “Justice for George Floyd.”

The Netherlands
A large peaceful protest against George Floyd’s killing and police brutality, filled Dam Square in central Amsterdam in solidarity with American protesters on Monday.

Demonstrators carried signs that read “Police violence is not an accident,” “Racism is a pandemic” and “My skin ain’t a crime.”

Naomie Pieter, an Amsterdam based anti-racism activist, called out to the crowd from a stage, “Black women’s lives, black trans lives, black disabled lives,” with demonstrators responding “Matter!” to each exclamation.

The majority of protesters wore masks, and there were no immediate reports of violence or arrests.

Canada

Thousands of demonstrators march in central Montreal against racism and police violence on Sunday.

In Canada people gathered in Toronto to protest against global injustice and racism, and against the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who lived in Toronto, and the circumstances surrounding her death.

Korchinski-Paquet fell from her balcony while police officers were responding to a domestic incident in her home.

New Zealand
Despite coronavirus-related restrictions on large gatherings, thousands took to the streets to protest police brutality in Auckland, sparking criticism from some political leaders.

Demonstrators hold placards during a march in central Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday to protest the death of George Floyd.

Organizers tried to encourage social distancing, The New Zealand Herald reported, but the large turnout forced demonstrators close together. Protesters marched and chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Black lives matter.”

Toward the end of the march, video posted on social media showed demonstrators participating in an impromptu haka, a ceremonial dance of the Maori people.

Demonstrators also gathered in the smaller cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Syria

On one of the few walls left standing in the devastated town of Idlib Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun joined thousands globally to express solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement

Iran
And in the Iranian city of Mashhad, a candlelight vigil was held in Floyd’s honor, with Black Lives Matter posters and illustrations of Floyd posted.

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